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Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

  • Author: Daniel Paul Schreber
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 9780940322202
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 455
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Translated by Ida McAlpine and Richard A. Hunter Introduced by Rosemary Dinnage In 1884 Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental breakdowns that would lead to his permanent confinement in an insane asylum. He accused his doctors of 'soul murder' and composed this memoir to tell the public about his treatment and plea for his release. One of the most revealing dispatches ever received from the far side of madness, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness made an extraordinary impression on Jung and was the subject of a controversial case history by Freud. It has continued to be an inspiration to writers like Walter Benjamin and Elias Canetti.

Memoirs of my nervous illness

Memoirs of my nervous illness

  • Author: Daniel Paul Schreber
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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Divine Madness

Divine Madness

  • Author: Harry Eiss
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443833290
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 525
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Lila is Sanskrit for play, the play of the gods. It is the self-generating genesis of Bliss, created by Bliss for the purpose of Bliss. It is the uninhibited, impulsive sport of Brahman, the free spirit of creation that results in the spontaneous unfolding of the cosmos to be found in the eternity of each moment. It is beyond the confining locks and chains of reason, beyond the steel barred windows looking out from the cages of explanation, beyond the droning tick-tick-tick of the huge mechanical clocks of time. Come, let us enter the realm of the madman and the finely wrought threads of Clotho as they are measured out by Lachesis and cut by Atropos to create the great tapestry of life, including the intricate, intertwining designs of dementia with the trickster, the shaman, the scapegoat, the shadow, the artist and the savior. Come, let us join in the divine madness of the gods.

The Technical Delusion

The Technical Delusion

Electronics, Power, Insanity

  • Author: Jeffrey Sconce
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 1478002441
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 448
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Delusions of electronic persecution have been a preeminent symptom of psychosis for over two hundred years. In The Technical Delusion Jeffrey Sconce traces the history and continuing proliferation of this phenomenon from its origins in Enlightenment anatomy to our era of global interconnectivity. While psychiatrists have typically dismissed such delusions of electronic control as arbitrary or as mere reflections of modern life, Sconce demonstrates a more complex and interdependent history of electronics, power, and insanity. Drawing on a wide array of psychological case studies, literature, court cases, and popular media, Sconce analyzes the material and social processes that have shaped historical delusions of electronic contamination, implantation, telepathy, surveillance, and immersion. From the age of telegraphy to contemporary digitality, the media emerged within such delusions to become the privileged site for imagining the merger of electronic and political power, serving as a paranoid conduit between the body and the body politic. Looking to the future, Sconce argues that this symptom will become increasingly difficult to isolate, especially as remote and often secretive powers work to further integrate bodies, electronics, and information.

A Mad People’s History of Madness

A Mad People’s History of Madness

  • Author: Dale Peterson
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • ISBN: 0822974258
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 384
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A man desperately tries to keep his pact with the Devil, a woman is imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband because of religious differences, and, on the testimony of a mere stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a private madhouse. This anthology of writings by mad and allegedly mad people is a comprehensive overview of the history of mental illness for the past five hundred years-from the viewpoint of the patients themselves. Dale Peterson has compiled twenty-seven selections dating from 1436 through 1976. He prefaces each excerpt with biographical information about the writer. Peterson's running commentary explains the national differences in mental health care and the historical changes that have take place in symptoms and treatment. He traces the development of the private madhouse system in England and the state-run asylum system in the United States. Included is the first comprehensive bibliography of writings by the mentally ill.

New York Theater Review

New York Theater Review

  • Author: Brook Stowe
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1411664833
  • Category: American drama
  • Page: 344
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An anthology of reviews, essays and plays from New York alternative theater, 2005.

Madness on the Couch

Madness on the Couch

Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis

  • Author: Edward Dolnick
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0684824973
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 368
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Details the failure of psychiatry to cure mental illness.

My Own Private Germany

My Own Private Germany

Daniel Paul Schreber's Secret History of Modernity

  • Author: Eric L. Santner
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9781400821891
  • Category: History
  • Page: 214
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In November 1893, Daniel Paul Schreber, recently named presiding judge of the Saxon Supreme Court, was on the verge of a psychotic breakdown and entered a Leipzig psychiatric clinic. He would spend the rest of the nineteenth century in mental institutions. Once released, he published his Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (1903), a harrowing account of real and delusional persecution, political intrigue, and states of sexual ecstasy as God's private concubine. Freud's famous case study of Schreber elevated the Memoirs into the most important psychiatric textbook of paranoia. In light of Eric Santner's analysis, Schreber's text becomes legible as a sort of "nerve bible" of fin-de-siècle preoccupations and obsessions, an archive of the very phantasms that would, after the traumas of war, revolution, and the end of empire, coalesce into the core elements of National Socialist ideology. The crucial theoretical notion that allows Santner to pass from the "private" domain of psychotic disturbances to the "public" domain of the ideological and political genesis of Nazism is the "crisis of investiture." Schreber's breakdown was precipitated by a malfunction in the rites and procedures through which an individual is endowed with a new social status: his condition became acute just as he was named to a position of ultimate symbolic authority. The Memoirs suggest that we cross the threshold of modernity into a pervasive atmosphere of crisis and uncertainty when acts of symbolic investiture no longer usefully transform the subject's self understanding. At such a juncture, the performative force of these rites of institution may assume the shape of a demonic persecutor, some "other" who threatens our borders and our treasures. Challenging other political readings of Schreber, Santner denies that Schreber's delusional system--his own private Germany--actually prefigured the totalitarian solution to this defining structural crisis of modernity. Instead, Santner shows how this tragic figure succeeded in avoiding the totalitarian temptation by way of his own series of perverse identifications, above all with women and Jews.

The Psychotic Dr. Schreber

The Psychotic Dr. Schreber

  • Author: D Wilson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780999115251
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  • Page: 164
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Thoroughly researched and transgressive, The Psychotic Dr. Schreber is part speculative (anti)fiction, part (auto)biography, part theatre-of-the-absurd, part writing tutorial, part literary nonsense and criticism. Wilson riffs on and satirizes post-everything, signaling the inevitable death of the reader and rebirth of the real.